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Nov 10, 2015 15:11 |  #1

Hi guys, so I recently upgraded my gear last week and now i just have a 6D and 24-105L and 70-200 2.8L

I want to get some shallow DOF but think I need to buy a 50mm 1.8 because i wont get that kind of look with f4 on the 24-105. Evne if i set the FL To 50mm I will only get f4 or 2.8 on FF but having the nifty 50 would make more sense for this correct? Especially on those close shots where the 70-200 wouldn't fit...




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Nov 10, 2015 17:24 |  #2

Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM will do the job nicely, too or Sigma 340101 35mm F1.4 DG HSM


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Nov 11, 2015 04:29 |  #3

Robin Long & Julia Kelleher both use a 50mm 1.2 primarily. I've used the Nikkor 85mm 1.8 but will switch to 50mm as the 85mm is just to long in some of the spaces I have to work in, even on a FF. I'd definitely go with a 50mm 1.2-1.8 if I were you as you aren't going to get that really shallow DOF and focal length will possibly cause issues just getting enough space for the desired composition.


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Nov 11, 2015 04:47 |  #4

digitalduck wrote in post #17778999 (external link)
Hi guys, so I recently upgraded my gear last week and now i just have a 6D and 24-105L and 70-200 2.8L

I want to get some shallow DOF but think I need to buy a 50mm 1.8 because i wont get that kind of look with f4 on the 24-105. Evne if i set the FL To 50mm I will only get f4 or 2.8 on FF but having the nifty 50 would make more sense for this correct? Especially on those close shots where the 70-200 wouldn't fit...

Heya,

You'd be surprised how thin depth of field gets when you shoot that 70-200 F2.8 at F2.8 at near it's minimum focus distance at 100mm~200mm. Remember, newborns are small, so you can get the whole child in there, even with telephoto at very close distance. Try it out with a pillow or stuffed animal. You may surprise yourself that you don't need a new lens. This is also nice to avoid getting a super bulbous head and nose by using a wide angle lens at close proximity.

If you really feel you need a new lens, I would definitely consider something in the 35mm range. Maybe even 28mm. While the 24-105 covers that, it does so at F4. Having a 35 F1.4 or 35 F2 makes a lot of sense for portraiture, especially groups, if you care to keep backgrounds soft.

Yongnuo 35mm F2 is only $95 shipped. Fantastic piece of cheap kit if you wanted to try that.

Otherwise, a nice 35 F2 IS can be fantastic (I use this, love it).

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Nov 13, 2015 07:33 |  #5

MalVeauX wrote in post #17779625 (external link)
Heya,

You'd be surprised how thin depth of field gets when you shoot that 70-200 F2.8 at F2.8 at near it's minimum focus distance at 100mm~200mm.

Also, don't overlook your 24-105. At 100mm it produces a very pleasant bokeh even if it doesn't show a hyper narrow DOF.

Here's a couple that turned out pretty decent. Both are at f/4, one is at 80mm and the other is at 105mm

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Dec 12, 2015 23:54 |  #6

I use three lenses during my newborn sessions & the 35L is my most used, followed by the Sigma 50 art, and then the Canon 100L Macro.

The 35L is great for the bean bag shots, floor shots & family shots.

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Sep 26, 2016 22:37 as a reply to mercersmoments's post |  #7

I just looked at your website. Your work is amazing. Im getting ready to have a baby and was thinking of getting the sigma 35 f1.4 on a 6d (currently have a Nex 6 with 50mm prime) and now your post confirms it.




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